With pitching reinforcements and some hitting surprises, things are clicking for Texas.

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(Reuters) – The American League MVP race continued to heat up on Wednesday as joint-favorites Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout each strengthened their case for the award. Toronto All-Star Donaldson and Los Angeles Angels reigning MVP Trout are currently the front-runners to capture the honor with the duel almost certain to extend through the final month of the regular season. Donaldson guided the Blue Jays to a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in his latest effort, flashing the speed and power-hitting that has kept him in the conversation all season.

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Oakland (United States) (AFP) – Albert Pujols blasted his 555th career home run to tie Manny Ramirez for 14th on the all-time list as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland A's 9-4 at the O.co Coliseum.

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Now that the Los Angeles Angels have put a miserable August behind them, Matt Shoemaker believes they’re ready to make a postseason push. Shoemaker gave up five hits and one run over seven mostly crisp innings and the Angels backed him with a rare offensive outburst in a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. ”This team can be so good if we get on a roll,” said Shoemaker, who struck out five, walked two and allowed only two runners past first base.

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Good luck finding a team that got a bigger boost when rosters expanded than the Kansas City Royals, who along with the usual September call-ups welcomed Alex Gordon back from the disabled list and Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves. Gordon has been out since July 8, when the All-Star outfielder crumpled to the warning track while chasing a fly ball against Tampa Bay. Gomes was acquired in a trade just before Monday’s deadline.

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In less than a month with Oakland, Danny Valencia has learned plenty about his ballpark’s quirks. Valencia hit a two-run double in the third inning and another RBI-double in the fifth to back Felix Doubront in his first win for Oakland, and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-5 on Monday night. The game was delayed for a fix of the wall after Shane Victorino ran into it on Valencia’s second double.

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Oakland’s Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics’ 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien’s two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. “To get this first one was very special,” Venditte said.

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(The Sports Xchange) – Oakland’s Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics’ 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien’s two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. “To get this first one was very special,” Venditte said.

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Marcus Semien’s two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning sent the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Semien’s big hit came after singles by Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt. Josh Phegley was hit by a pitch from Brad Ziegler (1-1) to load the bases.

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A night after his mistakes led to another Oakland loss, Stephen Vogt found redemption at the plate. Vogt hit a splashdown homer into the Chase Field swimming pool and drove in three runs as the Athletics beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Saturday night. The catcher had two passed balls that were big factors in Oakland’s 6-4 loss in the series opener Friday night.

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